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21 Feb 2018

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    Russia Bots: Truth, Trust and Technology

    With news of Russian bots’ attempts to damage US institutions, is our faith in the transparency and honesty of news disseminated via the internet being undermined? Professor Charlie Beckett joins the programme to discuss the growing public discontent about the role of tech giants in policing abuse and disinformation. The None in Three project launched in Barbados and Grenada two years ago, included the development of a computer game as an educational tool for raising awareness and changing attitudes towards violence. The project’s new prosocial computer game is JESSE. Click talks to the project’s researchers Adele Jones and Daniel Boduszek. Yto Barrada is a photographer and filmmaker whose latest work at the Barbican in London focuses on the Moroccan city of Agadir and the 1960 earthquake which killed a third of the population. Colin Grant talks to Barrada about her attempts to weave together personal narratives and political ideals to create a complex portrait of a city. The New Analog is Damon Krukowski’s new book, reflecting on the evolution of music from the analogue to the digital age – and back again. He joins Click to talk about the relationship between digital and analogue music. (Image caption: Illustration of fake news on a smartphone © Getty Images) Producer: Colin Grant

  • Posted on 20 Feb 2018

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    Privatising the ISS

    The Trump administration is reportedly devising plans to privatise the International Space Station. If this goes ahead what might it mean for the international collaboration on the exploration of space? Click talks with Kate Arkless Gray. Scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems have invented a magnetically controlled soft robot only four millimetres in size that can walk, crawl or roll through uneven terrain, carry cargo, climb onto the water surface, and even swim in it. Click talks to Professor Metin Sitti, Director of the Physical Intelligence Department at the Max Planck Institute, about the future use of millirobots in medicine – in delivering drugs and targeting cancerous cells. HoloLens is aiding surgeons in theatres as they carry out operations on legs. Click talks to Philip Pratt about how augmented reality helps surgeons “see through” tissue to reconnect blood vessels. Click hears from the musician Bioni Samp about his technology that enables him to mimic and amplify the sound of bees. Bioni Samp translates bee behaviours and sounds into electronic music to help raise awareness of the ecological issues threatening them. (Photo caption: This digital still (2008) camera's wide shot affords a panoramic view of STS-122's final leg of work on the International Space Station – Credit: Nasa) Producer: Colin Grant

  • Posted on 13 Feb 2018

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    MIT’s Intelligence Quest

    MIT has launched the Intelligence Quest, an initiative to discover the foundations of human intelligence and drive the development of technological tools that can positively influence virtually every aspect of society. MIT are focused on advancing the science and engineering of both human and machine intelligence. They are also directing their energies towards the application of discoveries in natural and artificial intelligence. Click talks to MIT’s James DiCarlo and Daniela Rus. Voice cloning is a digital technology with huge potential. For example in medicine, it could give Motor Neurone Disease sufferers their voice back. Or in the entertainment industry it could bring back performers who have long since died. But, alongside these, others see the potential for identity theft and more sophisticated propaganda. Click’s Jack Meegan reports. Critics argue that Blade Runner 2049 is the front runner to win the visual effects (VFX) category at the 2018 Oscars Awards. Gareth Mitchell talks to Paul Lambert, the film’s VFX supervisor, about his futuristic rendition of Los Angeles. (Image caption: Artificial Intelligence, technology generic – Credit: Getty Images) Producer: Colin Grant

  • Posted on 06 Feb 2018

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    Imogen Heap’s Mycelia

    Founded by Imogen Heap, Mycelia are a growing collective of creatives, professionals and music lovers. Their mission is to bring about a fair and sustainable music industry ecosystem involving all online music interaction services, and to unlock the huge potential for creators and their music-related metadata. Click talks to Imogen Heap. Opera has announced the launch of their AI (artificial intelligence) powered news app, Opera News, targeted at African internet users. Click talks to Opera’s Jorgen Arnesen about the benefits and deficits of targeted news streams. Afrotech Fest is a two-day tech and digital festival in the UK by and for black people of African and Caribbean heritage. It explores the intersection of technology, the arts, history, news, activism and representation. In particular Afrotech Fest aims to provide a platform for people across a variety of backgrounds to imagine a future free of the present biases whether conscious or unconscious. Click talks to Ade Adewunmi and Ian Forrester about Afrotech. MeshMinds is Singapore’s first creative innovation lab focused on Art x Technology for Good. Click talks to Kay Vasey from MeshMinds 1.0 about its aim to create cross-disciplinary collaborative environments that will enable rapid ideation and prototyping. (Photo caption: Imogen Heap – credit: Fiona Garden) Producer: Colin Grant

  • Posted on 30 Jan 2018

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    RightMesh Expands Connectivity for Remote Areas

    The mesh networking platform and protocol, RightMesh, has furthered its aim to expand connectivity in remote areas by supporting a community-led initiative to deploy a mesh-enabled file sharing application, eNuk, that residents of Rigolet, in Northern Canada can use to track changes in the environment. Dr Jason Ernst and Dr Daniel Gillis from RightMesh join Click to discuss the project. In ‘Social VR’ multiple users share the same virtual reality experience at the same time. ‘Zikr: A Sufi Revival’, premiering this week at Sundance film festival, is billed as the world’s first ever social VR documentary. Click’s Lauren Hutchinson went to an exclusive screening in New York in advance of the premiere in order to speak to the creators of ‘Zikr' a documentary which aims to shed light on Sufism, an Islamic practice of inclusion, acceptance, art, joy and understanding. The Energy Neutral Internet of Drones is intended to combat the energy limitations of individual drones by enhancing their connectivity to one another, allowing them to share resources such as power, and thereby creating a self-sustaining, continuously operational fleet. The lead researcher, Dr Teng Long joins Click to discuss its development. (Photo caption: The town Rigolet where RightMesh is pioneering its networking platform using mobile phones as nodes to expand connectivity in remote areas – credit: RightMesh) Producer: Colin Grant

  • Posted on 23 Jan 2018

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